• HR Truth

    I am Not the Scary HR Darth Vader

    Let me tell you, if there is one thing that truly grinds my gears is that perception that just because I am in HR I am scary. Don’t get me wrong, I get it! But in today’s world, we are not suppose to judge people for preconceived ideas, but this is what happens all the time with us. Let me tell you, this is so frustrating for me because I love talking to people. I love hearing about everything from the name of your puppy to your favorite movie. That allows me to build a good relationship and truly relate to you. I am a huge Star Wars fan and…

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  • SHRM

    Helpful #SHRM18 Quick Tips: How to Meet New People

    The best advice that I can give you when preparing to go to this year’s SHRM18 conference is to wear a smile and say hi to everyone. Trust me I know that not everyone can just go up at random and say hi to someone they don’t know. Let me give you a few winning tips. First, body language is everything. 1-Body Language: Want to Connect If you see someone with a smile on their face and their arms are by their side while their hands seem open, go to them they are waiting to say hello and meet someone. If you see someone with their fists on their hips…

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  • Leadership & Motivation,  Social Gravity

    If It’s Broken Help Them Fix It

    Did you know that according to the Bureau of Labor statistics the average worker will have 10 completely different jobs by the time they are forty? I hate to admit it, but I fall right in to that category. I have been an assistant network administrator, a web designer, a medical equipment supply sales rep, a teller, a new accounts rep, a Sr loan processor, a helicopter mechanic, a maintenance supervisor, a supply rep, an HR manager, a recruiter, a talent acquisition manager, and now a Sr. HR Generalist. Wow, I have held 13 different jobs in the past 17 years. Let’s just say I started very young and there…

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  • Leadership & Motivation,  Social Gravity

    The Power of Social Gravity in HR

    If you were to ask anyone to describe me I am sure they would say “Cici is outgoing and energetic.” Even as a young professional, I always made an effort to get to know people. This need to get to know people has helped me immensely because it has allowed me to use my network to get myself and my company out of trouble. Why? Because people are more willing to help you when you are nice! That is a fact. In HR, this ability to build and keep relationships is crucial. Luckily for me, I am a natural. Let me tell you a story About a time that this…

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  • Retention

    Want to Keep Your People? Then Protect What they Care About!

    When I was playing with the idea to make a move, I sat down and asked myself what is important to me? As I sat down, my little girl came up to me and said “Mommy, I am hungry and I want a snack!” That’s when it hit me! This little girl means the world to me. I made up my mind at that moment: My move will be based upon what is best for my family. I have Onboarded a couple hundred new employees and the question that I love to ask is what motivates you to come to work every day? The answers are always around: Family, Money…

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  • Leadership & Motivation

    Always Have a Positive Employee Engagement Attitude

    The morning is the most important part of your day. Why? Because that sets the mood for the rest of your day. The first thing that I do after I get up is go to the gym and spend at least 10 min on the bike making small daily goals. These goals help me stay productive and accomplish my long term goals. In a manufacturing environment where everyone is going a million miles per hour it is so easy to get swept away by the current. Don’t let that happen and anchor yourself to your priorities and reach those daily goals! Trust me, it will make a world of difference.…

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  • Leadership & Motivation

    2 Questions to Ask to Increase Motivation

    Over the past 15 years, I have been in a leadership position in various roles from maintenance supervisor to now a Sr. HR Generalist.  As a leader, the toughest job we have is to figure out how to successfully motivate and encourage our people to come to work happy and give us 110% every day.  In the military, I learned early on that a title alone will not motivate people to make the job happen. Since I became a Sr. HR Generalist, one of my favorite things to do is New Employee Onboarding, AKA NEO. I know that seems insane, but I love being able to connect and to get…

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  • SHRM

    SHRM18 Can Change Your Life Too!

    My Experience at SHRM17 Changed My Life!   At this time last year, I thought that I had everything in place to be the best #HR pro ever! I had a few friends in Houston and other places who were helping me, and I thought I couldn’t do better. I was so wrong. Last year, I was chosen as one of the recipients of the SHRM Foundation’s Conference Scholarship. It was an amazing experience.  Everyone at #SHRM17 was so nice and so easy to talk to.  So I decided to take a moment and let it all sink in. I sat back and watched people at the conference.  I noticed…

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  • Career Search

    The Best Place to Work Checklist

    Who isn’t afraid to make a move from a very safe and comfortable job? As a former agency recruiter, I can tell you that I know the hiring process very well.  Because I have recruited for many industries, I can say “I have a pretty good idea what it is like to work in many companies.” So this places me in a very interesting place because I know exactly what kind of environment will make me thrive specially in HR.   With many years of experience and a lot of research, I have created my checklist of The Ideal Place to Blossom. Yes, I said blossom not work.  Why would you…

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  • Why HR?

    Why Blog About HR? Why Blog At All?

    Over the last several years, I have had this desire to share what I have learned through my stories.  So here I am motivated to share and motivated to listen. I believe that HR is going through a radical change right now.  I see it and I feel it. We are so much more than just scary people behind closed doors shuffling paperwork.  We are people who advise and counsel our leaders on what we need to do to break the barriers that are keeping our people from reaching their true potential. I also believe in this whole new movement that people refer to as #HRPositive, but I have a…